Following the failure of the North Carolina state legislature to overturn the discriminatory HB2 yesterday, the state’s branch of the NAACP announced that it will boycott the state.
As we have reported on several occasions, ever since HB2 was passed earlier this year, numerous businesses and entertainers have publicly boycotted North Carolina and refused to visit or do business until the state repeals its anti-LGBT law.
NAACP President William Barber explained why his organization, whose mission is to ensure the equality of rights of all persons and eliminate race-based discrimination, decided to boycott North Carolina:
“House Bill 2 is anti-civil rights and anti-LGBTQ hate-filled legislation. HB2 should have been repealed in its entirety [this week] as promised by the leadership of the NC General Assembly. Our elected officials should have worked to protect all the people of North Carolina but instead they wasted our time and tax money.”
“Both the House and the Senate’s all white Republican caucus have proven that they are not fit to govern North Carolina. The legislature adjourned without repealing House Bill 2 because they could not bring themselves to protect living wages and the civil rights of the LGBTQ community. This is shameful and a disgrace to North Carolina.”
He continued to slam the state legislature.
“The majority of the Republican extremists can only seem to get together when they are passing unconstitutional laws that hurt the poor, African Americans, minorities, women, immigrants, public education, the environment and the LGBTQ community. Otherwise, today is proof that they are totally dysfunctional.”